amongst

amongst
[əˈmʌŋst]
preposition
1) included in a particular group of people or things
Robert was the only one among them who had ever ridden a horse.[/ex]
They discussed, among other things, the future of the oil industry.[/ex]
The winner was selected from among 500 candidates.[/ex]
2) used for saying what happens within a particular group of people
The suicide rate among young male prisoners is high.[/ex]
The team were fighting among themselves.[/ex]
3) used for saying that different people receive parts of something when it is divided up
The money has to be shared out among several projects.[/ex]
4) with other people or things all around
It was pleasant strolling among the olive trees.[/ex]
Between and among are used in similar ways. ■ Use between, not among, when just two people are mentioned: It was an agreement between Carl and me. ■ When three or more people are mentioned, you can use either, but among is more formal: The money was divided up among/between the four children. ■ Use between for saying that there are people or things on two sides of someone or something: I sat between my parents. ■ Use among for saying that someone or something is in the middle of a group of people or things: We strolled among the trees.

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